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Description - Monstrous Adaptations by Richard J. Hand

The fifteen groundbreaking essays contained in this book address the concept of adaptation in relation to horror cinema. Adaptation is not only a key cultural practice and strategy for filmmakers, but it is also a theme of major importance within horror cinema as a hole. The history of the genre is full of adaptations that have drawn from fiction or folklore, or that have assumed the shape of remakes of pre-existing films. The horror genre itself also abounds with its own myriad transformations and transmutations. The essays within this volume engage with an impressive range of horror texts, from the earliest silent horror films by Thomas Edison and Jean Epstein through to important contemporary phenomena, such as the western appropriation of Japanese horror motifs. Classic works by Alfred Hitchcock, David Cronenberg and Abel Ferrara receive cutting-edge re-examination, as do unjustly neglected works by Mario Bava, Guillermo del Toro and Stan Brakhage.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780719076039
ISBN-10: 071907603X
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 138mm x 27mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Richard J. Hand

Richard J. Hand is Reader in Theatre and Media at the University of Glamorgan in Wales. Jay McRoy is Associate Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside

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